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Gas

Company increases competitiveness with new facility

26th April 2024 Energy and infrastructure service company WSG Energy Services (WSG) has consolidated its position in Australia’s energy and infrastructure sectors with a host of contract wins and the opening of a new facility in Sydney, New South Wales (NSW), as stated in a press release published earlier this... 

Compressed natural gas to benefit S African business

By: Trent Roebeck     26th April 2024 Despite ongoing concerns about gas shortages, regulatory uncertainty, geopolitical constraints and infrastructure limitations, using compressed natural gas (CNG) for various business and industrial purposes will become more important in South Africa, says energy company CNG Holdings CEO Josua le... 

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NATURAL GAS POWER CNG Holdings site in Langlaagte Johannesburg

Local supplier establishes LPG division

By: Trent Roebeck     26th April 2024 Eligible small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa will benefit from cylinder manufacturer Cylinders4Africa’s (C4A’s) establishing a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) bulk tank supply division, which is set to start operations in May 2024. The company will also be involved in the... 

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GRAND GAS PROJECT C4A's gas cylinder vessels will be supplied to Gas Brand for use at the Build It gas depot locations opening in Honeydew, Ventersdorp and Magaliesburg

Technology giant gearing up for South Africa’s gas programme

6th September 2023 GE Vernova is gearing itself up for South Africa’s long-awaited gas programme which is expected to be rolled out in the coming months as South Africa accelerates initiatives aimed at ending ongoing loadshedding. 

GE Vernova’s Gas Power sub-Saharan Africa regional sales director Vuyelwa Mahanyele
GE Vernova’s Gas Power sub-Saharan Africa regional sales director Vuyelwa Mahanyele

Gas production to increase

1st September 2023 A resurgence in global gas production, anticipated to increase by 1.6%, is forecasted for 2023. This growth is expected to be led by Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the Middle East and North America, according to the Gas Exporting Countries Forum’s (GECF’s) Monthly Gas Market... 

Oil, gas profitable as transition deferred

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st September 2023 Despite the global commitment to a green energy transition, the oil and gas industry is the most profitable industry, with a 20% financial investment decision (FID) rate, says global energy trade association Energy Industries Council (EIC) CEO Stuart Broadley. The FID rate is expected to grow... 

Large-scale waste-to-DME projects in development

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st September 2023 Large-scale waste-to-dimethyl ether (DME) projects, one based in north-west Europe and the other on the Gulf Coast of the US, are in the feasibility stage, with the projects anticipated to produce the equivalent of about 165 000 t/y of renewable and recycled DME production. Off-grid energy... 

Firm sells 15% interest in Absheron gasfield

1st September 2023 Multi-energy company TotalEnergies and gas company State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (Socar) signed an agreement last month to sell a 15% participating interest each in their joint operation Absheron gas field project to diversified energy group Abu Dhabi National Oil Company... 

Global gas consumption to continue growth in 2023 – report

1st September 2023 Global gas consumption is expected to continuing growing in the latter half of this year, mainly driven by increasing energy demand in China, the US and some emerging countries in Asia Pacific, says the Gas Exporting Countries Forum’s (GECF’s) Monthly Gas Market Report, released last month.... 

Industry challenges need to be addressed

By: Sabrina Jardim     28th April 2023 The successful establishment of a natural gas economy in South Africa – which has significant gas resources – requires the addressing of associated challenges and the implementation of policies that promote investment in the sector, says research and strategy firm Birguid senior associate... 

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FIRST THINGS FIRST Notwithstanding the potential economic benefits, establishing a local gas economy requires a stable, predictable regulatory framework

Successful project promotes local gas economy

By: Sabrina Jardim     28th April 2023 With Phase 1 of the Virginia gas project – in the Free-State – having been a watershed for South Africa’s gas economy, Phase 2 of the project is expected to catapult South Africa to becoming one of the largest helium-supplying countries globally, amid a global shortage of helium. Pioneered by... 

An image depicting the Virginia gas project
COMING SOON… Construction of Phase 2 will be completed in 2025/6 and is expected to produce about 11.7-million gigajoules of LNG yearly

Local gas projects support gas economy

By: Sabrina Jardim     28th April 2023 South Africa’s significant natural gas reserves and extensive gas infrastructure exemplify the country’s potential to develop a natural gas industry, says research and strategy firm Birguid senior associate Patience Panashe. She says this potential is made visible in various local gas projects,... 

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PATIENCE PANASHE South Africa’s significant natural gas reserves and extensive gas infrastructure exemplify the country’s potential to develop a natural gas industry, which is made more notable in various local gas projects

Gas resources to meet future power demand

2nd September 2022 Following its recent and substantial oil and gas discoveries, Senegal is preparing to ensure that its vast natural gas resources help meet future electricity demand and put an end to the excessive electricity prices undermining its economy. Senegal’s domestic gas reserves will mainly be used to... 

Gas a viable decarbonisation source

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     2nd September 2022 Decarbonisation can be implemented by the introduction of gas as a replacement of fossil fuels such as coal and diesel, says strategic research and advisory company Birguid senior associate Patience Panashe Panashe tells Engineering News that the benefits asserted from the use of liquified... 

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COAL TIMES The excessive usage of coal has fed into South Africa’s carbon-intensive economy

Virginia gas project Phase 1 reaches completion

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     2nd September 2022 Helium and domestic natural gas producer Renergen completed the development of Phase 1 of its Virginia Gas Project in July and has started with commercial operation. The project comprises the development of 52 km of gas assemblage pipeline and cryogenic liquefaction processing facilities located... 

Aerial view of Phase 1 - Virginia Gas Project
VIRGINIA GAS FIELDS Phase 1 based in the Free State reaches completion

Company receives funding for decarbonisation tech

2nd September 2022 Global New York Stock Exchange-listed industrial company General Electric (GE Gas Power) announced it has secured $4.2-million in federal funding from the US. The funding is part of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) OPEN 2021 programme, which prioritises... 

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INNOVATIVE INVENTIONS GE innovations set to promote decarbonisation of South Africa’s economy

ssLNG plants available locally

2nd September 2022 Designers and suppliers of liquified natural gas (LNG) equipment PolaireTech’s modularised small-scale plants for the liquefaction of natural gas to produce LNG are now available in South Africa.   Commercial deployment of small-scale LNG (ssLNG) plants is driven by the need for cheaper... 

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FREEK VAN HEERDEN ssLNG plants prove to be cost-efficient

Gas industry gearing up for growth

By: Anna Moross     29th April 2022 Decisions and announcements made last year by a number of state owned entities have inched South Africa closer to the implementation of a successful gas-to-power programme, says engineering consultancy WSP regional director Martin Mkhabela. 

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MARTIN MKHABELA The biggest constraint to the gas programme in South Africa has always been the availability of gas volumes to support the future growth of the industry

Egoli Gas

29th April 2022 South Africa has been experiencing power outages for several years and will, in all likelihood, continue to do so into the future, which opens the opportunity for alternative energy supply. Piped natural gas supplier Egoli Gas supplies piped natural gas to various industries to meet the growing... 

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Project aims to boost gas industry in SA

By: Anna Moross     29th April 2022 Natural gas and helium producer Renergen is securing financing for Phase 2 of its Virginia gas project the completion of which it hopes to achieve by 2025. The project comprises exploration and production rights for 187 000 ha of gasfields across Welkom, Virginia and Theunissen, all in the Free... 

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STEFANO MARANI With there being “a great need” for energy and gas in South Africa and Virginia gas project has paved the way to smooth the path for the rest of the industry, hopefully clearing significant amounts of red tape for other producers.

Delivering compressed natural gas to industry

29th April 2022 Supplier of premium quality gas SLCNG is a wholly owned subsidiary of SLG that has been delivering large-scale compressed natural gas (CNG) to industry since 2015. The operation is based in Umbogintwini, in KwaZulu-Natal, and accesses gas from the existing pipeline network. 

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COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS The switching to CNG from other fuels like liquefied petroleum gas, IP, diesel, and petrol, can save 20% to 30% on fuel costs

The Pivotal Role of Gas in South Africa's Energy Evolution

29th April 2022 SLG, the second-largest natural gas trader in South Africa, and its subsidiary SLCNG, is the largest operations of compressed natural gas in Southern Africa continues to address South Africa's limited gas supply to meet economic energy demands.  

Hydrogen a suitable greener alternative

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th August 2021 South Africa’s Gas Act defines “gas” as natural gas (CH4) and hydrogen (H2). Hydrogen will, in the future, be a suitable substitute for natural gas to support decarbonisation, says South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA) Gas Economy Leadership Group chairperson Craig Morkel. However, the... 

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CRAIG MORKEL Imported LNG can start developing gas market

LNG opportunities abound

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th August 2021 The anticipated decline of Mozambique’s Pande & Temane gasfields creates a need for new sources of natural gas for the local industry, says engineering services consulting firm WSP regional director Martin Mkhabela. “The quickest and most cost-effective option to fill the gap is through the... 

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MARTIN MKHABELA Gas-fired power plants are cost-effective and dispatchable alternatives

Fully developed legislation needed

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th August 2021 The legislation has not caught up with where the gas industry needs it to be, says gas producer Renergen CEO and MD Stefano Marani. Technical aspects that are critical to companies’ decision-making have not yet been addressed, with industries in the gas sector consequently unable to develop to... 

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GAS EXTRACTION Renergen is the only onshore petroleum rights holder in South Africa

The Bank

27th August 2021 The 12-storey marvel caters for office space, a luxurious hotel, restaurants and a host of boutique stores offering upmarket shopping and dining experiences. Due to constrained electrical supply in Rosebank, Blend Properties opted to augment its existing electrical supply shortfall with a... 

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Rare helium supply opportunity unlocked

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th August 2021 While the South African helium market is small, helium is sought after in the international market, which has created a good opportunity for dual-listed helium, liquid natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project, in the Free State. Helium is found at a... 

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VIRGINIA GAS PROJECT Average helium found in the Free State is 3.4%

Significant gas supply opportunity for company

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd April 2021 Power generation, while remaining South Africa’s largest barrier to economic growth, provides piped natural gas supplier Egoli Gas with a significant opportunity to provide more piped natural gas for the local industry, says Egoli Gas MD Vishal Pooran. “We are all aware of the current challenges... 

VISHAL POORAN
The pandemic had a significant impact on the hospitality sector, and resulted in an increase in demand in the domestic, central-water heating and multi-dwelling markets
VISHAL POORAN The pandemic had a significant impact on the hospitality sector, and resulted in an increase in demand in the domestic, central-water heating and multi-dwelling markets

Low price could boost LNG development

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd April 2021 A decrease in oil demand and, consequently, in prices last year because of Covid-19 also resulted in lower prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Business research consultancy Birguid associate researcher Patience Panashe argues that LNG buyers can take advantage of this to import LNG into South... 

GAS CEILING 
Given the increased LNG exploration in Africa, more acquisition transactions are expected to occur. This will consolidate the African LNG market, bolstering growth and production
GAS CEILING Given the increased LNG exploration in Africa, more acquisition transactions are expected to occur. This will consolidate the African LNG market, bolstering growth and production

Egoli Gas

23rd April 2021 Embedded Power generation has become a priority and vital factor to sustainability for businesses in South Africa. Consideration to piped natural gas allows different types of solutions to be explored, such as managing energy resource supply, the viability and efficiency utilizing the source to... 

Egoli Gas

Embracing digitalisation amid pandemic

28th August 2020 Over the past few years, member association South African Qualifications and Certification Committee for Gas (SAQCC Gas) has been gearing up to fully adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), and the Covid-19 pandemic has not found the organisation unprepared. 

Environment-friendly catalysts reduce emissions

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     28th August 2020 High-performance catalyst manufacturer Clariant Catalysts has developed the EnviCat N2O catalyst, to remove nitrous oxide (N2O) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) gases almost entirely from the waste gases emitted by industrial plants. 

DR JONATHAN CHETTY 
N2O is a climate-changing gas, with an average life span of 114 years in the earth’s atmosphere
DR JONATHAN CHETTY N2O is a climate-changing gas, with an average life span of 114 years in the earth’s atmosphere

Regulations, pricing a challenge for local LNG uptake

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     28th August 2020 Despite there being vast benefits to using liquefied natural gas (LNG) locally, natural gas producer Renergen tells Engineering News that regulations and pricing are impeding the growth of the LNG sector. 

RENEWING ENERGY 
Renewable energy is fast becoming more affordable
RENEWING ENERGY Renewable energy is fast becoming more affordable

LPG upcoming in SA’s energy mix

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     28th August 2020 Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has an important role to play in the complete energy mix of South Africa – it is a clean-burning, sustainable and portable fuel, with further applications in water heating, space heating and cooking, says industry association and body the Liquefied Petroleum Gas... 

NIRVAN BRIJLAL 
The economic and environmental benefits of LPG emphasises its role as a key player in the local energy mix
NIRVAN BRIJLAL The economic and environmental benefits of LPG emphasises its role as a key player in the local energy mix

LNG project should benefit SADC

28th August 2020 Untapped expertise in Southern Africa should benefit from the opportunities provided by the exploitation of the large liquefied natural gas (LNG) reserves discovered off the coast of northern Mozambique, says engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi Nuclear Services project... 

LPG could plug backup energy gap

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 Research conducted by strategy agency Birguid shows that liquified petroleum gas (LPG) suppliers can approach State-owned power utility Eskom, as well as other independent power producers, to offer LPG supply as a backup energy source instead of diesel or petrol. Birguid researcher Patience... 

GAS RISING

LPG imports are expected to increase, as current suppliers will not be able to cope with the expected increase in industrial and domestic end-user demand
GAS RISING LPG imports are expected to increase, as current suppliers will not be able to cope with the expected increase in industrial and domestic end-user demand

LNG market sees increased clean energy demand

24th April 2020 Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) increased by 12.5% to 359-million tonnes last year, which is a significant increase that bolsters LNG’s growing role in the transition to a lower carbon energy system. This is according to a LNG outlook report that was published by natural gas and... 

AN EVOLVING MARKET 

New spot-trading mechanisms and a wider variety of indices used for long-term contracts point towards LNG becoming an increasingly flexible commodity
AN EVOLVING MARKET New spot-trading mechanisms and a wider variety of indices used for long-term contracts point towards LNG becoming an increasingly flexible commodity

Opportune time for LPG growth

By: Cameron Mackay     24th April 2020 The local liquified petroleum gas (LPG) market is an underdeveloped industry and has significant growth potential, largely owing to its use as an energy source, says the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Safety Association of South Africa acting MD Nirvan Brijlal. Moreover, he highlights the... 

POTENTIAL UNLOCKED

LPG’s versatility in domestic, commercial and industrial applications, and impending supply capacity improvements, are significant factors signalling the potential for growth for the industry
POTENTIAL UNLOCKED LPG’s versatility in domestic, commercial and industrial applications, and impending supply capacity improvements, are significant factors signalling the potential for growth for the industry
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